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Holly or American Holly

Scientific name

Ilex opaca

Common name

Holly, American holly


Outdoor plant

Toxicity: 2

Ingestion may cause minor symptoms such as rash, vomiting or diarrhea.

Toxic parts



  • Evergreen
  • Dark, glossy green leaves with sharp, thorny points
  • Leaves alternate on stem
  • Small, round, bright red berries

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